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WWII German Waffen SS Latvian Volunteers Arm Shield
  • WWII German Waffen SS Latvian Volunteers Arm Shield

WWII German Waffen SS Latvian Volunteers Arm Shield

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£150.00


Product Description

A mint, totally original cloth embroidered arm shield for a Latvian volunteer in the German Waffen SS.

The conquest of large parts of Europe enabled the Germans to recruit sympathisers into the military side of the SS, as long as they were considered racially suitable North Europeans. Often they were considered little more than cannon-fodder. With the invasion of the Soviet Union and the high level of German casualties, the guidlines were reduced allowing for other ethnicities to join, the common link being their hate of Soviet Communism. The different nationalities were grouped if sufficiently numerous into battalions, regiments or divisions and sometimes bolstered with German troops. They wore the Waffen SS uniform, but with a distinguishing nationality shield on the left arm.

This shield was for the Latvian volunteers of the 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, who were created in 1944. They performed reasonably well in the defence of the Baltic States.

The shield is a white diagonal band on a red background, with LATVIJA. It has a black background. These shields were made at Dachau and were picked up by the liberating troops at the end of the War, hence the perfect condition.

Size: 6.5 x 5.2 cm (2 1/2 x 2 inches)
Weight: 4 g

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